Time for reading history
So, readers, welcome to my Blog Tour this leg courtesy of Nesie’s Place. When Nesie’s Place came up I wondered which. Was it the large, presumed remnant of the Jurassic period i.e. a dinosaur of some sort, living in the deepest and darkest lake on these isles north of Fort William in Scotland?
But there was always a chance it was some resurrected relation of my mythic but fearsome Aunt Nessy, who I never met as a boy but who was threatened would come and eat me if I misbehaved.
But it was neither of these romantic, dramatic options. So, I invite you to read, either as a paperback or an ebook, both available from Amazon.
Children of Fire is a Victorian who-done-it. Its set in the northwest of England in 1842-43 in a time when the industrial revolution that started in England in the second half of the previous century is just short of reaching maturity. By 1851, the national census of the British Isles will show that more people live in cities than in the countryside. Britain will have become the first industrial country in the world.
Enormous social issues were still to be solved. There were issues of immigration, from Ireland, then still John Bulls Other Island as It was still known as over 100 years later. That wave of immigration was Catholic and in places like Stockport formed a large new labour force for the cotton mills. Stockport remains a strongly Catholic town even now but there was a second immigration of people from the land. They were protestant and their needs were met not buy the Anglican Church but by the Methodist Church who could build new chapels near to cotton mills to allow worship as well as teach reading and writing to parents and children alike.
A time of change religious, industrial, and political. Read Children of Fire, an imagining of what it was like to live at its time.
Children of Fire
Can Josiah solve the puzzle before more people die, or is he out of his depth?
In 1841, at the height of the industrial revolution in the North West of England, Josiah Ainscough returns from his travels and surprises everyone by joining the Stockport Police Force, rather than following his adopted father’s footsteps into the Methodist ministry.
While Josiah was abroad, five men died in an explosion at the Furness Vale Powder Mill. Was this an accident or did the Children of Fire, a local religious community, have a hand in it. As Josiah struggles to find his vocation, his investigation into the Children of Fire begins. But his enquiries are derailed by the horrific crucifixion of the community’s leader.
Now Josiah must race against time to solve the puzzle of the violence loose in the Furness Vale before more people die. This is complicated by his affections for Rachael, a leading member of the Children of Fire, and the vivacious Aideen Hayes, a visitor from Ireland.
Can Josiah put together the pieces of the puzzle, or is he out of his depth?
Children of Fire won the Writing Magazine’s Best Novel Prize for 2017.
Paul CW Beatty is an unusual combination of a novelist and a research scientist. Having worked for many years in medical research in the UK NHS and Universities, a few years ago he took an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University emerging with a distinction.
His latest novel, Children of Fire, is a Victorian murder mystery set in 1841 at the height of the industrial revolution. It won the Writing Magazine’s Best Novel Award in November 2017 and is published by The Book Guild Ltd.
Paul lives near Manchester in the northwest of England. Children of Fire is set against the hills of the Peak District as well as the canals and other industrial infrastructure of the Cottonopolis know as the City of Manchester.
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